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Basketball Recruiting

Five-star junior Dink Pate talks possible visits, commitment timeline

January 1, 2023

Dink Pate, a 6-foot-8 point guard, tells he has his sights set on a few visits and has set a commitment timeline.

As a freshman at Pinkston (TX), Pate averaged nearly 18 points per game and was Dallas Morning News’ newcomer of the year. He recorded over 450 points in his first high school season. In his second? he didn’t disappoint.

Pate made the move to Prolific Prep for his sophomore season, and despite being one of the team's youngest players, Pate had an immense impact on the program but would wound up going back home to Texas halfway through the season. 

He finished his season at Lancaster (TX) where he just continued where he left off at Prolific. A nice ending to his high school season led him to a handful of new scholarship offers during the live period last year. Now, at Pinkston, Pate is having an outstanding senior year.

Pate has had multiple triple-doubles and has showcased his ability to be a versatile, multi-dimensional threat on both ends of the court.

Coaches rave about this kid and he’s a prospect that I feel is extremely slept on and should be on every college coach's radar.

Pate has proven his worth against mostly all of the high-tier prospects in his class and other classes, but, led his way to the radars of some professional options. In an interview with, Pate covered everything you need to know about his recruitment.

Which schools are heavily involved?

“Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Memphis, Georgetown, and TCU.”

Are any new schools making a push?

“Florida State is the only one so far.”

What are your overall thoughts on Arkansas, and what are they pitching?

“I love everything that they’ve pitched to me. I’m just ready to get down there to campus and learn more [about the program].”

How’s your relationship with Muss and when are you targeting a visit?

“Great, I talk to him every day. I plan on visiting sometime next month.”

Thoughts on Auburn and Bruce Pearl?

“I talked to Coach Pearl a couple of times, he seems very determined to get me and I feel honored.”

Do you plan on visiting Auburn?

“Yes, I definitely plan on taking one to both Arkansas and Auburn.”

How about Alabama?

“Yes, probably after those two.”

So, what do you think about Alabama and Coach Oats?

“Great coaching staff. They have come down to Pinkston to watch me play. Coach Oats said he’s impressed and it’s exciting to watch me play. I plan to be on an official this [next] time I go down there.”

Do you still have pro options?

“To play pro has always been my dream, yes.”

G-League, right?

“Never really thought about the G-League. Education is a big part of my family.”

When do you plan on committing?

“This summer.”

List cut soon then?

“For sure.”

How would you break down your game?

“I’m a point guard, I can facilitate. I have a good IQ, and my biggest thing is just trying to win every game. I can also shoot very well.”

And lastly, how do you feel your game has evolved this season?

“It’s evolved a lot. We’ve been winning more games than usual and I’m leading in both points and assists in this district, which is a step up.”

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